The renovation of his official apartment puts Boris Johnson in further distress: If the prime minister actually used party donations for this, he would have to resign, the head of the Scottish Conservatives demands.
After the revelations about the luxury renovation of his London official apartment and in view of falling polls, a first high-ranking representative of the British Tory party has distanced himself from Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In a BBC interview, Scottish Conservative Party leader Douglas Ross said Johnson would “of course” have to resign if he was found to have breached the funding scheme for renovations.
The population expects “those in the highest office in this country to adhere to the highest standards,” said Ross on Sunday. As a result, people have been following the ongoing investigation into the subject carefully “and are waiting for the answers”. The electoral committee is currently examining whether party donations have flowed into the renovation of Johnson’s official apartment.
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Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said in a television interview on Sunday that the party was taking the election committee’s investigations seriously. The allegations against Johnson are only “gossip”. The prime minister had given “crystal clear” assurances that he had paid for the renovation himself. However, it is still unclear whether the bill was initially paid by a party donor and only later paid back by Johnson.
The Sunday Times reported that Johnson had sought the support of party donors to finance his fitness trainer and infant equipment for his young son. The newspaper quoted a donor as saying, “I like to pay for leaflets, but resent it if someone asks me to wipe the buttocks of the prime minister’s baby.”
According to new polls, the revelations about the luxury renovation and alleged cynical remarks by Johnson in the coronavirus pandemic have caused the Tories to fall in favor of voters. According to a poll for the Sunday Times, the Conservatives are only one percentage point ahead of the Labor Party.
The ongoing inside information-based revelations cast a bad light on Johnson and other government officials a few days before Thursday’s local elections. Above all, they give the impression of a massive amalgamation of private and political interests.